American Whiskey - Bourbon

Blade & Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Connecticut, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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92nd Percentile
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2016

Proof66 Notes

Blade & Bow Bourbon is the flagship product of the new entry into the bourbon market by Diageo. It was first released in 2015 and pays homage to the historic Stitzel-Weller distillery in Kentucky... a place that bourbon enthusiasts regard as holy ground for some of the more famous whiskeys and distillers but today is now almost entirely a warehouse.

The name "Blade & Bow" is said to be two parts of a skeleton key, which is one of the symbols decorating the facility at Stitzel-Weller. In a very interesting move, Diageo takes some of the original Stitzel-Weller stock of bourbon—a diminishing supply that itself cannot sustain a label—and borrows the solera aging method from Spain. This involves retaining a small part of the last barrel of whiskey and blending it with the next oldest barrel... in this way, some small part of every bottle should, over time, have historically old whiskey contributing to the flavor. With seeds of the Stitzel-Weller product in every barrel that's blended in, some heritage of that whiskey should indeed comprise at least a small fraction of every bottle.

This leads to the question of where the rest of the whiskey comes from... no one is sure but in a detailed write-up at The Bourbon Review, they suggest Bernheim Distillery (a wheat whiskey) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (interestingly, both owned by competitor companies in Heaven Hills and Sazerac respectively). There is similar mystery around the grain bill.

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